Roskilde Cathedral Building, Religious Architecture Denmark, Sjælland

Roskilde Domkirke : Cathedral Building in Denmark

Danish Architecture Developments in Zealand

10 Jan 2014

Roskilde Cathedral Architecture

Design: Various

Location: Sjælland, east Denmark, close to Copenhagen

Roskilde Domkirke (Roskilde Cathedral) in the city of Roskilde on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark, is a cathedral of the Lutheran Church of Denmark. The first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick, it encouraged the spread of the Brick Gothic style throughout Northern Europe. Constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral incorporates both Gothic and Romanesque architectural features in its design. Until the 20th century, it was Zealand’s only cathedral. Its twin spires dominate the skyline of the town.

The cathedral has been the main burial site for Danish monarchs since the 15th century. As such, it has been significantly extended and altered over the centuries to accommodate a considerable number of burial chapels. Following the Danish Reformation in 1536, the bishop’s residence was moved to Copenhagen while the title was changed to Bishop of Zealand. Coronations normally took place in Copenhagen’s Church of Our Lady or in the chapel of Frederiksborg Palace.

The cathedral is a major tourist attraction, bringing in over 125,000 visitors annually. Since 1995, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A working church, it also hosts concerts throughout the year.

Photos : Adrian Welch

Location:Roskilde Cathedral , Denmark

Architecture in Denmark

Danish Architecture Designs – chronological list

A Roskilde building design on e-architect:

Design: MVRDV / COBE
image from MVRDV
Rock Museum Roskilde

Another Roskilde building on e-architect:

Roskilde Incineration Line Building
Design: Erick van Egeraat
Roskilde Incineration Line
image © EEA
Roskilde Incineration Line

Denmark Architecture

Denmark Architecture

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum
Tony Fretton Architects
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum
photo © Helene Binet

Moesgård Museum Århus, Jutland
Henning Larsen Architects
Moesgård Museum Building
image from architect

Museum Ordrupgaard – New Wing
Zaha Hadid Architects
Museum Ordrupgaard
photo © AW

Danish Architecture Designs
The Crystal Copenhagen
photo : Adam Mørk

Danish Architecture Offices

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